What inspires? What sparks creation?

There are as many answers to this as there are ideas. Leading clients through the ideation process is one of the several services we provide at Dawn. Often we use quotes to spark a discussion. We seek out quotes where the writer skillfully uses words to express and illuminate an idea in a powerful or provocative way. You’ll find some of our favorites here, including ones that have the power to alter a mindset. If you’re looking for a favorite author or a particular subject, use our search function to find these quotes from the illuminating nuggets we’ve collected.

Yeats_do not wait to strike

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.

– William Butler Yeats

Whatever is happening, is the path to enlightenment

Whatever is happening, is the path to enlightenment.

– Pema Chödrön

What if today we were just grateful for everything

What if today we were just grateful for everything.

– Charles Schultz

Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.


Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Chodron_If we learn to open our hearts

If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.

– Pema Chödrön

Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

– Rumi

A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.

A hen is only an egg’s way of making another egg.

– Samuel Butler

Be the person your dog thinks you are

Be the person your dog thinks you are

Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life

Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.

– Pablo Picasso

Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.

Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.

– Byron Katie

If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.

– Will Rogers

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Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

– Warren Buffett

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To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.

– Mark Twain

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Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.

– Aesop

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We are kept from our goal, not by obstacles but by a clear path to a lesser goal.

– Robert Brault

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The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.

– Swedish proverb

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With our thoughts, we make the world.

– The Buddha

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To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.

– Anatole France

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If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.

– Thomas Edison

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Life is the sum of all your choices.

– Albert Camus

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